Can Mark Sanchez Lead the New York Jets To The Super Bowl?

Ryan WardCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets talks to his teammates in a huddle against the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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It is no secret up to this point that the New York Jets have arguably the best defense in the NFL today, but they do have some glaring problems on the offensive side of the football, especially at the quarterback position as Mark Sanchez continues to struggle under center.

At this point in time it is uncertain whether or not Sanchez can become a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback in this league, but the young kid out of USC does show signs of brilliance at times as he does have the ability to lead this team and proved that point in the playoffs last season.

Unfortunately, Sanchez’s first outing this season against the Baltimore Ravens didn't go so well as he struggled all night long and finished with just 78 passing yards only completing 10 of 22 passes. Sanchez did avoid turning the football over against the Ravens defense as he didn't throw any interceptions, but he was obviously uncomfortable under center and rushed a lot of his throws.

Even though the New York Jets did get beat by Rex Ryan’s old squad in the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 10-9, it would be hard to argue that they aren’t still legitimate Super Bowl title contenders as they still have favorable NFL odds to win the Super Bowl, but if Mark Sanchez continues to struggle, the Jets will have to do something in order to get their offense going.

Obviously, a second-year quarterback without arguably his best wide receiver (Santonio Holmes) due to suspension will most likely struggle against the dominant Baltimore Ravens defense, but the youngster’s performance has almost certainly given the New York Jets coaching staff some reasons for doubt this season.